Defending champions Harbour View, on the back of fantastic goalkeeping from the much maligned Michaud Barrett, clinical finishing from their strikers and loose defending by Boys’ Town, slammed the Red Brigade 5-1 in the Digicel Premier League, at the Harbour View Mini-Stadium on Wednesday evening. It is the biggest margin of victory for the season so far.

Jermaine Hue, in his first start for the season, scored twice – in the 14th and 56th minutes – with John-Ross Edwards (47th), Rafeik Thomas (78th) and Marcelino Blackburn also finding the back of the net. Renae Lloyd registered Boys’ Town’s lone goal in the 72nd minute.

Boys’ Town dominated early, but it was Harbour View who went ahead in the 14th minute. An ill-advised foul by Dameon Benjamin on Andre Fagan outside the 18-yard box was all that Jermaine Hue needed. From 22-yards, out he curled in an unstoppable left-footer into the top right hand corner of the net.

Boys Town responded immediately and earned themselves a free kick from 30-yards out which Xavian Virgo blasted high. Barrett would show his class in the 23rd minute, when with cat-like reflexes, he moved to his left to parry a solid blast by Shane Edwards from just inside the 18-yard box, after Marvin Morgan had picked Montrose Phinn’s pocket around the 18-yard box.

Seven minutes later, Boys’ Town would again fail to find the back of the net, when captain Michael Campbell headed a corner back across the goal to Edwards who headed over from six yards, with his back to goal.

Quick second-half goal

Harbour View struck quickly in the second half through the hard-running and trigger-happy John-Ross Edwards. With both central defenders Anthowe Dawkins and Asrick Samuels focusing on the very physical Jahmali Spence, they lost sight of the ball and Edwards blasted home with glee from just inside the 18-yard box.

With Hue’s second goal, courtesy of a delightful pass from Spence on the right flank, which was rammed into the top left hand corner, the fight left Boys’ Town.

Lloyd’s goal came from the penalty spot, as he was hacked down by Dicoy Williams as he tried to turn home a rebound from Bennett’s shot which had struck the left upright.

It was all too late, after Thomas capitalised on the confusion in the Boys’ Town defence to head home a Hue free kick and Blackburn guided home the fifth after substitute Kemeel Wolfe’s effort was blocked by goalkeeper Kirk Porter.

At the end, both coaches were left reflecting on what could have been.

“To be honest with you, I have to look at the football very objectively. In the first 45 minutes we could have easily been down 0-4 to this Boys’ Town team, they created a lot of chances.

“Their attack was giving us a lot of problems and putting us on the back foot and I have always stressed that a good goalkeeper is 90 per cent of your team, and it showed tonight,” said Harbour View’s Donovan Hayles.

Boys’ Town’s Andrew Price would have been happy with better defending and finishing from his charges.

“I think defensively, we weren’t aware, and against a good team like Harbour View, if you don’t play well defensively, you are going to pay, and I think they really gave us a good schooling. It is a wake-up call to our team,” Price said.

HARBOUR View’s franchise player Jermaine Hue on Sunday night proved exactly why he was handed the captain’s armband and a starting spot in the defending champions’ line-up against Waterhouse, after just two weeks on the training pitch.

After forcing a diving save from Richard McCallum, shooting 25 yards out off his dangerous left foot in the 12th minute, with his team a goal down, Hue curled in a 38th-minute free kick for Andre Fagan to head home the equaliser for a 1-1 draw at the Harbour View Mini Stadium.

Despite Waterhouse captain Kenardo Forbes getting referee Oneil Clayton to have cheeky Hue correctly take his spot kick a yard or two farther on the right of the 18-yard box, that did not stop the Harbour View captain from putting the ball on Fagan’s forehead, as the striker outjumped McCallum to flash his header into goal.

However, the draw took Harbour View no closer to the lead now shared by Waterhouse, Portmore and Boys’ Town on 10 points, on an evening when all but one match was drawn in the Digicel Premier League.

The defending champions stayed seventh, edging up to seven points, one of five teams with as many to their tally.

Own-goal blunder

Coach Donovan Hayles thought they got enough chances to have taken full points at home, after central defender Dicoy Williams, under pressure from Waterhouse forward Peter Keyes, turned in an own goal to give Waterhouse a 1-0 lead.

Striker Jermaine Anderson’s low square from the right caught Williams scrambling for a clearance inside the six-yard box, with Keyes bearing down on him. The ball spun off his foot and past Michaud Barrett, with Keyes appearing to claim the goal.

“I think we totally dominated the match. We just failed to get the ball into the back of the net,” Hayles said, after watching Fagan get other chances in the second half and Marcellino Blackburn’s powerful half-volley from the left nicked the crossbar and rebound into play in the 59th minute.

The only moment for Waterhouse, he said, was when they scored, “but we took control and totally possessed the ball after that”.

Just as they did the previous week against Reno in a 1-0 home win, Waterhouse started strong but failed to maintain their momentum in the second half, getting few chances and surviving many.

Andre Thomas got their best chance to add a second goal, two minutes before the first half ended, when he kicked into the side netting from close range.

Another Jamaican footballer is looking to make the switch to the developing United States’ Major League Soccer.

Harbour View’s Kevin Wooley is the most recent player aiming to ply his trade abroad. He is slated to undergo a one-week training stint with Kansas City Wizards from September 6-11.

The 25-year-old is grateful for the opportunity and is looking to take full advantage of it.

“This is my first trial outside of Jamaica with a professional team, so I am looking forward to grabbing this opportunity with my two hands,” said Wooley. “I don’t want them to have any second thoughts; I just want to give them a good impression in the first week of training so they can realise that I can be a really good asset to the team,” he added.

Wooley was provided with the opportunity after former St George’s College player, Erine Spence, connected him with agent Brian James. James then went in search of a club for Wooley.

The fullback came up through Harbour View’s academy having joined the club at age 13. He has netted once for Harbour View’s senior team, but suffered a major setback in 2008 following ligament damage to his ankle.

“I played about seven games that season (2008-2009) as I had to be trying to get fit,” said Wooley. “When I got injured I did not take it very serious and continued to play. I was going on vacation at the end of the season and informed my physiotherapist that I had been feeling pain in my ankle. He told me that when I got back we would sort it out. When I got back to Jamaica in September of last year, I did therapy right up to November,” he explained.

He conceded that he felt saddened last season watching from the sidelines as Harbour View went on to crown themselves Digicel Premier League champions.

Wooley said: “I am a member of the team, so if I don’t play and they win I feel good, but not as good as the players on the field. Sometimes I wished I could play with the injury, but I didn’t want to cheat the team, as I would not be able to give 100 per cent.”

He has now made a full recovery and is looking forward to joining fellow Reggae Boy Shevar Thomas at Kansas City Wizards. The Wizards currently lie fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Buff Bay, Portland — Defending champions Harbour View pipped 10-man St Georges SC on Sunday in their Digicel Premier League game at Lynch Park.

Kamar Petrekin (53rd) and Romario Campbell (80th) were on target for the victors, while Girvan Brown (64th minute) replied for St Georges.

In a keenly contested game, Harbour View had a slight advantage of the first half as they launched a number of attacks led by Marcelino Blackburn, Petrekin, Rafeik Thomas and Campbell, but Richardo Taylor, Jermaine Taylor, Andre Thomas and Shawn Hunter defended stoutly.

St Georges countered through Leon Irving, Horace James and Dever Orgill, but they could not find at way through Montrose Phinn, Dicoy Williams and Jaron Richards.
St Georges were reduced to 10 players when Orgill and Kimarllie Brissett were involved in a tussle, and Orgill was penalised immediately sent to the showers by referee Kevin Thomas for violent conduct in the 36th minute. Brissett was also cautioned.

The second half saw Harbour View taking early advantage of the extra player and earned two quick corners. They took the lead when St Georges lost the ball in midfield and Jaron Richards passed to Petrekin, who fired past Randal Huie to his left, as the ball lodged into the net.

A rejuvenated St Georges went into attack mode through Girvon Brown, Irving and Horace James. In a two-man combination they got the equaliser when Brown beat Michard Barrett just after the hour mark.

Harbour View regained the lead when Campbell slotted home, even as the home team protested for offside.

Winning coach Donovan Hayles was pleased with the result. “We had to fight hard to come away with a 2-1 victory and we are very happy getting the three points. St Georges did well and they are a difficult team to play despite down to 10 players. They did extremely well.”

Raymond Gordon was pleased with some aspects of his team’s game despite the loss. “I am disappointed but the officials have to do what they have to do. We got some chances that we did not take and if we don’t we can’t win these games. They played well with the 10 players as the red card to Orgill set us back.”

Kavin Bryan has been invited to a three (3) weeks trial in the Vietnam Premiership at SLNA FC , where he departed for on Thursday, September 9, 2010 until the end of the month.

The tricky, explosive forward, is currently in good form for the National Team, having scored four (4) times in the last five (5) Reggae Boyz games he has played.

After leading Premier League Champions Harbour View FC to their third lien on the title in May 2010, following his November 2009 return from a eight month Loan in Norway, at Notodden FK with former teammate Fabian Taylor.

Kavin is looking to impress in this fairly new region for Jamaican footballers, after Devon Hodges displayed his talent recently, as their season begins in October.


The USL Franchise, The Charlotte Eagles opened their five game tour, Coaching Seminar and goodwill venture at the Harbour View Stadium on a losing note as the Premier League Champions scored an impressive 5-1 victory over the visitors.

Before the game started, HVFC’s Champion Coach, Donovan “DV” Hayles, exchanged pleasantries and gifts with Head Coach Mark Steffens, as DV gave him an autographed HVFC Adidas Replica Jersey signed by all the players and Coaching Staff, while receiving special books in return.

A hectic first thirty minutes then produced four goals, excited the supporters as HVFC opened the scoring after 5 minutes as Captain, Marcelino Blackburn picked out the head of overlapping central defender, Christopher Harvey to nod home.

Soon the valiant Eagles would draw even, as from a right-sided corner Desmion Tachie nodded home inside the near post in the 11th minute.

Blackburn was at it again on minute 24, as he delivered a free-kick, in the direction of Kemeel Wolfe to deflect to the far corner and give HVFC the lead once more.

Benefitting from the industry of Kemar Petrekin down the right touchline, minute 32 belonged to Marcelino Blackburn, as he rose majestically to head inside the far post, out of the reach of a stranded goalkeeper, Kern Cesear.

Halftime 3-1.

Substitutions a plenty were in evidence on both sides, as the Jamaican Champions dominated proceedings in this segment with a multitude of passes, interchanging, skills, flair and coordination to entertain the fans without scoring until substitute Jahmali Spence was brought down inside the penalty area after Kemar “Baggio” Lawrence had released him goalwards.

Spence got up to convert the penalty kick, awarded by Referee Carvel Banton on minute 78, to make it 4-1.

The spunk hit out of the visitors, John-Ross Edwards unleashed a 24 yard rocket at goal that custodian Cesear did well to parry, and Lawrence broke free but hit the side-netting.

Finally, substitute Fabian “Fame” Campbell stroked home a cross from the right in the 85th minute to close the game at 5-1.

Arm in arm, prayers were shared amongst both squads on pitch at the end of the game, as the two day FREE Youth Development Coaching Seminar follows on Friday and Saturday for 50 Coaches at HVFC with GSM and the Charlotte Eagles.

Saye, 24, from Wiltshire in south west England, told the Observer he has been inspired by the success of books such as Tim Parks’ A Season With Verona and Pete Davies’ All Played Out (which was recently made into the film One Night In Turin).

Said Saye: “I’m going to be spending the whole 2010-11 season with Harbour View FC. These books both used the concept of following a team throughout the duration of a competition, and that’s what I too will be doing, but aiming to get closer to the team for a more ‘behind the scenes’ experience”.

He added: “My original thinking was to take a look at a side of football that people at home see very little of, away from all the money and commercialism of the game in Europe.

“I’m in Jamaica with this in mind, and because this is a country where football is extremely popular and one that holds a certain fascination for audiences back home,” said Saye, who is an Arsenal fan.

“Furthermore, there is a more unfortunate side to the country and the well-documented social problems it has. I’m interested in how sport can maybe play a role in smoothing out such issues, or indeed makes them worse. Because of all these things, Jamaica offers a fairly unique environment in which to study the face of football rarely seen in England,” said Saye.

As well as simply spending the season examining the progress of the Premier League, and in particular, Harbour View, Saye will also be watching the Reggae Boyz in action.

“I’ll not be working with them in anything like the same way as I will be Harbour View, but I intend to see all their home matches and follow them to the Caribbean Cup in Martinique and the Gold Cup in the US, assuming qualification,” he noted.

Over the course of the season he will be talking to players, management, officials and fans as well others not directly as involved in football in order to build as complete an image as possible of Jamaican football and society, and how the two interact with each other.

Saye will also study various sources to piece together an idea of the game’s history in the country and how it came to shape the present.
“The final book will be a journey through the season while studying all the above factors, as well as giving my account of my own personal experiences along the way,” he added.

“My stay so far has been great. Kingston has a worrying reputation abroad, but the more I see of the city, the more I realise it’s actually a fantastic place full of friendly people.

“It’s possible that’s a bit naive because I’ve not seen the whole place yet, but what I’ve seen has been great and everyone at Harbour View, especially Clyde Jureidini, has been absolutely brilliant in helping me find my way and settle in,” said Saye.

Premier League Champions Harbour View FC takes aims at the touring USL franchise, The Charlotte Eagles in an international Friendly Game next Wednesday, September 8th at the HVFC Stadium starting at 7pm!

The two week tour opener will be the first in a series of games island wide.

Additionally, a FREE Coaching Course for 50 Jamaican Coaches will be conducted two days later by The Charlotte Eagles along with GSM /HVFC focusing on Youth Development at the HVFC Stadium on Friday and Saturday.


2010 Charlotte Eagles Coaching and Training Staff

Mark Steffens – Head Coach


Mark Steffens returns as the head coach for the Charlotte Eagles in his 14th year. Mark has led the Eagles to the USL-2 Championship match seven times, and has won the championship in 2000 and 2005. The Eagles have qualified for the playoffs an unprecedented 12 of 13 years under the direction of Steffens. Earning USL-2 Coach of the Year honours in 2008 for the second time as the Eagles claimed the Regular Season Championship, and was also awarded the honour in 2004. The United Soccer Leagues recognized Steffens for his amazing record and commitment to the community in 2007 as he was inducted into the USL Hall of Fame.

Mark’s soccer career experience is quite extensive. He played professionally for the New York Apollo and the New York United in the American Soccer League. His coaching history goes back more than 20 years, and features his professional experience as the Head Coach of the New York Express of the Major Indoor Soccer League from 1986-87. He was the assistant coach for the Express in 1985-86 and for the New York Arrows (MISL) in 1983-84. Mark holds an “A” coaching license with the USSF and is a graduate and four year start for The King’s College in New York hold a degree in Physical Education.


Steve Shak – Asst. Coach


Steve Shak returns for his fourth season as a player and assistant coach with the Eagles. Steve holds a USSF B License. Since signing with the Eagles in 2007, Shak has been an anchor for Charlotte’s defence. A USL-2 First Team Selection in 2007 and 2008, Shak was also named a finalist for 2008 USL-2 Defender of the Year. A native of Cerritos, CA, Shak played for four years at UCLA from ’96-’99, leading the Bruins to the 1997 National Championship and the 1999 Final Four. As a junior in 1998 he was named a candidate for the Hermann Trophy (NCAA National Player of the Year). A member of the U.S. Under-23 National Team, he appeared in all six matches when the team took home the bronze medal at the 1999 Pan American Games.

After a successful collegiate career, Shak was selected as the number one overall pick in the 2000 Major League Soccer Draft by the New York/New Jersey Metrostars. He played in 23 games in his rookie year, recording one goal and one assist. After three seasons in the MLS with NY/NJ and Colorado, Shak was then acquired by the USL-1 Minnesota Thunder where he played one season leading the team to the USL-1 Championship and earning a USL-1 Second Team Selection. He had a brief stint in Sweden with Bodens BK in the Swedish Superettan (2nd Division) before signing with the USL-1 Virginia Beach Mariners midway through the 2004 season. Before joining the Eagles Steve enjoyed three seasons with the Mariners where he was captain of the team during the 2006 season.

Howard Walker | Jamaica Observer

BRITISH journalist Hugo Saye will be the guest of Premier League champions Harbour View as he embarks on a fact-finding mission in writing a book about Jamaica’s football. Continue Reading →

Defending champions Jamaica set the stage for an unprecedented seventh New York Football Cup title by beating Barbados 2-1 in a very robust, ill-tempered semi-final here on Sunday.

Playing before a boisterous, record crowd at the Jefferson High School Stadium, the holders of the 19-year-old Cup for a record five successive seasons, got first-half goals from Marco Hamilton and Jermaine Hue to wrap up victory.

In Sunday’s final at the same venue, the Reggae Boyz will now face St Lucia, who edged St Kitts and Nevis 1-0.
Though the Jamaicans outplayed the Barbadians to lead 2-0 by the half-time interval, the Barbadians displayed sheer aggression and monolithic defence in the second half to rebound.

They hit back in the 56th minute when Richard Lavine capitalised on a left flank pass to elude Jamaican goalkeeper Jerry Walters.
A minute later, Barbados thought they had pulled level when Carl Joseph beat Walters to his left, only for the referee to disallow the goal.
Play was then held up for five minutes as Barbadian officials and players sought to quell the outrage of their fans, who hurled bottles on the pitch in protest.

When the game finally resumed, the Barbadians fought hard for the equaliser, but to no avail.

Early lead

Jamaica had taken an early lead – three minutes into the contest – when Hamilton stunned Barbadian goalkeeper Andre Wilkinson with a low, right-flank blast, 15 yards outside the penalty box.

Hue then doubled Jamaica’s lead when he sent Wilkinson the wrong way in the 29th minute from the penalty spot.
“I’m very disappointed with the outcome,” Barbados head coach Alvin Brathwaite told CMC at the post-match interview.
“I’m not one of those people who would be quick to criticise the officials, but it was a clear goal,” he added, referring to Joseph’s effort.
His Jamaican counterpart Arthur ‘Jetty’ Mikes, on the other hand, acknowledged the Barbadians’ ‘gallant fight’, but stated that his team had the clear edge.

“We let them back into the game after giving up that goal. Nonetheless, we withstood their pressure, kept possession of the ball and won the game,” Mikes said.

“We’re going for the sixth straight trophy. We’re not going to enter the finals and give it up like that.”
St Lucia, meanwhile, whose lone goal came from the boots of their leading goalscorer Philip Tisson 20 minutes into the second half, promised to dethrone the perennial Cup champions.

“Definitely, we will win the Cup. We have no alternative but to win it,” said head coach Tyron Clovis.
The St Lucians drew 1-1 with Jamaica in the preliminary round.

In their only meeting in a final, Jamaica crushed St Lucia 5-0 in the 2003 title game.